Graduate Students

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Therese Anders

Director of Statistics

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Email: tanders@usc.edu
Therese Anders is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science and International Relations at the University of Southern California. Her research interests include peace and conflict studies and political methodology. Her dissertation focuses on the conceptualization and development of new estimates of territorial control and subnational conflict exposure in civil wars using machine learning and geo-coded event data. From 2016 to 2017, she served as SPEC's Director of Research and Training, developed the data science curriculum, and taught classes on data wrangling and visualization. Therese will be working with RStudio on a project prototyping tools for Calibrated Peer Review in data science classes in the summer 2019. Her work appears in Political Psychology and a chapter in a Cambridge University Press volume, with several papers on the structure of the international system and latent variable measurement currently under review.
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Alix Ziff

Director

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Email: aziff@usc.edu
Alix Ziff is a PhD student in the Political Science and International Relations department and the Lab Manager at SPEC. She also oversees the Power-sharing Project Team with Professor Graham. Alix has a M.A. in African Studies from Stanford University and a B.A. in Political Science & International relations from UCSD. Her research interests focus on how different groups are affected by conflict, instability and political contention differently. She is specifically interested in the roles of both governments and external actors in access to education in conflict-affected areas.
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Miriam Barnum

Doctoral Affiliate

Email: mbarnum@usc.edu
Miriam is a doctoral student in Political Science and International Relations and Provost's Fellow in the Social Sciences at the University of Southern California. Her primary research focuses on nuclear politics, arms control, and treaty commitments, as well as the intersection between international security and political economy. She is also interested in quantitative political methodology, particularly text-as-data, machine learning, and network analysis.
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Nicolás Albertoni

Doctoral Affiliate

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Email: nalberto@usc.edu
Nicolás is a Ph.D. student in Political Science and International Relations at the University of Southern California. His research interest are International Political Economy and Comparative Politics, with a special focus on the Trade Policy-Making Process of Latin America and Asia Pacific countries. He is Fulbright Scholar with a Master's degree in Latin American studies with a focus on political economy, from Georgetown University´s School of Foreign Service with an honor certificate in international business diplomacy and a Bachelor's degree in international business and economic integration from the Universidad Católica del Uruguay. He has authored two books on the economic integration and development of Latin America. He is a CNN Latin American analyst, as well as a columnist on foreign policy for Latin America Goes Global.